On Monday researches with the University of California San Francisco has announced that they found enterovirus D68 in half of the children diagnosed with myelitis in California and Colorado.
Myelitis is a medical term for paralysis.
They found the same virus responsible for the respiratory illness outbreak from 2012 to 2014.
The paralysis symptoms were found in small number of children who have contracted this virus.
“This suggests that it’s not only the virus, but also patients’ individual biology that determines what disease they may present with,” said Charles Chiu, MD, PhD, an associate professor of Laboratory Medicine and director of UCSF-Abbott Viral Diagnostics and Discovery Center.
“Given that none of the children have fully recovered, we urgently need to continue investigating this new strain of EV-D68 and its potential to cause acute flaccid myelitis,” Chiu said.
There were 16 children from California out of the total number of children studied.
80 percent of the came for upper respiratory infection after the six days they were affected by paralysis.
The virus D68 is known as “B1”. It had mutations similar to polio and has emerged four years ago
It is not clear whether the children will be able to move their body parts again but some of them were able to feel but could not move.